Address: Burgweg, 66849 Landstuhl
A long time ago it was a defensive protection for the country and its people. Today, Castle Nanstein is the town’s landmark, which owes its popularity to the rebellious chevalier Franz von Sickingen. A glimpse into the spooky vault shows, where he got seriously injured and died in 1523. The castle hill raises 80 meters above the city and offers a wide view over Landstuhl and into the Northern-Palatinate Uplands. In summer, the castle builds together with its grounds the romantic scenery for the castle theater.
A self-guided information leaflet in English is available at the castle entrance for the price of € 1.10. You can also rent audioguides for the price of € 1 each.
Address: Luitpoldstrasse, 66849 Landstuhl
The Bismarck tower, which was built in honor of the first German Imperial Chancellor ruler Otto von Bismarck, provides a fantastic view over Landstuhl. The viewing tower is located west of Landstuhl, on the “Kirchberg”. It is 19 meters high and was inaugurated in 1900. You can take the stone staircase inside the tower to reach the viewing platform and that’s where you will have the best view over Landstuhl.
Historic Old Town with Historic City Walk
Starting Point: Kaiserstrasse 37, 66849 Landstuhl
On an interesting round tour through the adorable historic city you can experience a time journey on the traces of the legendary Franz von Sickingen, the last chevalier. 23 stations await to be discovered individually and without the pressure of time. The starting point is at Kaiserstrasse 37 and the tour is approx. 2 km long.
Hint: Watch out for the chevalier embedded in the pavement, which guides you in the right direction.
The historic city walk with audio guides: Landstuhl to see, to hear and to marvel at – you can plan your own individual guided city tour,with the city map and your smartphone or MP3 player. You can download the English text files and the audio files on the website of Landstuhl: www.landstuhl.de/tourismus/altstadtrundgang.html
next to the road from Landstuhl to Martinshöhe/ Zweibrücken
About 1861, seven American Mammoth trees were planted as a botanical highlight. The pilgrim scallop shows the direction to the impressive wellingtonias. They are 44 meters high and have a scope of more than 2 meters. You won’t miss them!
100 meters in direction of Zweibrücken is the entry of the parking lot, which is also the starting point of several round tours.
Western Palatinate Moor Lowland (Landstuhl Mire)
Originally, the mire of Landstuhl was a moor lowland. In 1800 it was nearly inaccessible; crossing was just possible through boardwalks, because of its extensive swamps. At the end of the 18th century, they started with the extraction of turf. Since the beginning of the 19th century, an approximately 8 hectare big area near Kindsbach, the “Geisweiher” (a pond) has been preserved as a primeval landscape with a various flora and fauna. At the edge of the “Geisweiher”, the “Torfstecher-Hütte” (a little hut) invites you to stay and rest. The mire dam mill and the “Geisweiher” are reachable after a 30-minute-walk from the forester’s lodge Kindsbach, on firmly secured ways, which are also free for cyclists.
Fleischackerloch with Krämerstein
Access: next to LRMC Gate 3, 66849 Landstuhl
The “Fleischackerloch” is a romantic ravine with primeval-like old trees. The pastures and fields used to be rented out against delivery of meat, hence the name of this natural monument. Well developed long distance paths and footpaths, such as the “Westpfalz-Wanderweg” and the “Pfälzer Jakobspilgerweg”, which run past impressive rock formations between Fleischackerloch and Bismarckturm, invite visitors to leave every day stress behind and enjoy voyages of discovery well away from the hustle and bustle of traffic. Because of its nativeness, it was the only film set for western films which were shot in Palatinate.